This brief, captivating novel introduces the fascinating world of outsider art through steady pacing and nuanced characters. What drives Ray Eccles to obsessively paint the same woman in any available medium, from ballpoint pen to bodily fluids? Will his unwitting muse reveal her identity to an art world intrigued by mystery? How does a famous stranger's singular focus impact the object of his obsession?— From Emily
When office drone Ray Eccles is struck on the head by a dying seagull on a hot summer beach, he awakens compelled to obsessively paint the unknown woman he saw at the moment of impact. Discovered by an eccentric and powerful couple, Ray's paintings suddenly light the art world on fire. Meanwhile, the unknown woman, observing from afar, begins to wonder if this stranger is the only person who has ever really seen her.
Beautiful, elegant, quietly profound, Harriet Paige's Man with a Seagull on His Head captures the small, shared moments that connect disparate lives and create artistry out of the everyday.